International Arbitration Summer School 2020

International Arbitration Summer School 2020

25th May– 5th June 2020


This is a two-week intensive, highly interactive programme taught at a Law School ranked Top 10 by all three of the most recent major UK league tables (TGUG, CUC & GUG2020). Taking place at the university’s ancient campus at Old Aberdeen, Scotland, the course is based at King’s College, where there is much to see and take in on the history of the university.

The course will take students through an international commercial arbitration from beginning to end, and will focus on the practical aspects of each stage of the arbitral process.

Expert practitioners, including international lawyers and arbitrators, will lead classes on parts of the arbitral process. The emphasis will be on discussions and workshops, to enable students to take away the skills needed to work in this field.

The course is CIArb recognised to Membership level*.

Students will be provided with materials to work through during the two week course, and will represent either the Claimant and or Respondent through the whole process, providing a realistic arbitration representation experience.



  • Welcome, Introduction to Arbitration and the Arbitration Agreement
  • Selection of Arbitrators and Interim Relief
  • Jurisdiction of the Arbitral Tribunal
  • Preliminary Meeting and Directions
  • Arbitral Pleadings
  • Documentary evidence, disclosure and expert witnesses
  • Oral Advocacy in the Arbitral Tribunal
  • Challenge and Enforcement of Awards
  • Arbitral Awards
  • Oral Jurisdiction Presentation

Classes will take place each weekday (Monday-Friday) from around 10.00am-4.00pm, with the weekend of 30 - 31st May free for exploring (see below).



The tutors will be a mixture of academics and practitioners, with a heavy emphasis on the latter.


Aberdeen and the surrounding area

There will be ample opportunity to take in the Aberdeen city life, as well as to visit some of the surrounding sights.

Locally, there is much to see at King’s College and on the wider Old Aberdeen Heritage Trail. Studying in Aberdeen opens up a range of activities in the city and beyond, as summarised in the Lonely Planet Study Aberdeen guide. Please also see Visit Aberdeenshire for further information about what is available in the area.

On the doorstep of Aberdeen is Royal Deeside, with some of the best scenery and visitor attractions in the UK (and anywhere), including mountains, castles, nature trails and gardens.

The capital city of Edinburgh is less than three hours away by public transport, for those who wish to take in the atmosphere there.


Summer School Fee

The programme fee is £3500 to include:

  • Full course materials
  • All tuition
  • Buffet lunch each day
  • Assessment and feedback (where necessary – see below)
  • CIArb exemption letter (where applicable)

This 10 day course offers excellent value for money, especially given the expert input, excellent materials and around 50 hours of tutor contact time over the two week period.



There are three accommodation options, each available from 25th May-5th June, or longer if desired:

1. University accommodation

This is available for £99 per week in our Hillhead campus, please see here for details and photographs.

2. Serviced apartments

One-bedroomed apartments at Skene House.

3. Hotel rooms

There are a range of hotels available in Aberdeen, as follows:


Mode of Study

This programme is available as CPD only (requiring attendance and participation) or as a credit-bearing programme (requiring attendance, participation and assessment). If seeking CIArb examination exemption, the latter is required.

For CPD only students, a Certificate of Completion will be issued. For credit-bearing students, assuming a pass in the course is secured, an official university transcript showing all grades, plus a Certificate of Completion will be issued.

*Exemption from CIArb’s Module 2 on the International Arbitration pathway is available for those who have qualifications which would enable them to claim exemption from Module 1. Assessments are required.